I met Todd Holden at a Scrum Gathering last year. I happened to sit down at a table for lunch and as introductions proceeded, I realized I was sitting next to one of the leaders from Tennessee Department of Transportation. The team that was referenced in the keynote for kicking butt at being Agile. I throughly enjoyed our conversation and simply asked him at the end “would you like to share your story yourself?”. I’m so glad he said yes to speaking at the Leadership Summit.
Fast forward to last month, Todd shared his story. Ok, that’s not doing it justice. First, I found myself reminiscing about TechSmith as I listened to Todd share how he focused on people and changing the culture. Second, I found myself being grateful for the key points he made of what it takes to be a great leader. Third, I observed someone share not only his journey the but pride of the team’s journey. Fourth, I watched his honesty and vulnerability to challenge the status quo. Mostly, I loved hearing a story not in theory, not in nirvana; but in reality.
As the chair, I had the ability to provide an opportunity for Todd to share his story. I don’t have that role anymore; so what can I do now to help? Then I re-read my post about the Leadership Summit in terms of what I wish I had done more about…I’m going to explore more pair speaking situations for next year’s conferences. These stories need to be heard; and not by a third party but by you. I’m here to help.
What story should you share?